Zonal preliminaries of this year’s CBN All Financial Institutions Football Championship will kick off today with 24 teams jostling for quarterfinals tickets. The preliminary matches of the competition, which star prize is N2 million, will hold in Abakiliki, Ado Ekiti, Asaba and Lafia.

The CBN holds the competition in collaboration with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

According to CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoroafor, qualifiers from the preliminary matches will move to the quarterfinals billed to hold on October 13, 2018 at the same venues.

He revealed that the semifinals would hold in Ilorin on October 16, while the final is scheduled for October 20 in Ibadan.

According to Okoroafor, the competition, which serves as a platform for the promotion of unity, harmony and peaceful co-existence among key players in Nigeria’s financial system, also has other prizes outside N2 million star prize.

These include a N1.5 million reward for the runners-up, N1 million for the third placed team, while the fourth position finishers will get N500, 000. 

He charged the participating teams to promote sportsmanship on and off the pitch, adding that the apex bank in conjunction with the NFF has invited some of Nigeria’s former internationals to the event.

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